I celebrated a birthday last week and it was a fabulous day, despite having to work. I’m not one for birthdays, necessarily, but since it was my birthday, I decided to just let it be whatever it was and enjoy it. My very first call of the day was from Adelle. She called to tell me that she had planned on sending me flowers but she had been out shopping the day before and found something that was perfect for me. Since she had just picked it up, it was going to arrive late, but she told me Happy Birthday and said she would mail it out the next day.
She ended up sending it to her Dad’s house; probably because she remembered that address and didn’t have mine handy? I don’t really know and it doesn’t really matter. He was nice enough to bring it to Jaxon’s football game yesterday morning where I opened it.
I found this little gem inside a box wrapped in tissue paper.
It’s a beautiful stone bird that fits in the palm of my hand. It’s truly lovely, but I honestly couldn’t figure out why she had thought of me when she bought it. I’m not necessarily a bird person – I don’t collect them and they don’t hold any significance for me, so I didn’t really know why it was a must buy for me. I still loved it though, so I sent her a text thanking her and letting her know I loved it.
She had told me on my birthday that there was an email that went with it that she was going to send, but I couldn’t read the email until I got the package. She never ended up sending the email, so I had totally forgotten about it. When I texted her, she immediately replied “I have to send you the email.”
This is what I read:
Not just any bird
A bird to remind you that no matter how hard or how difficult your life may seem,
you are always able to fly away
You are not held down by your struggles
You hold those struggles in the palm of your hand and if need be,
you may drop them and soar
I love you mama,
P.S. Soar your heart out today
Needless to say, I cried.
I’ve been through a lot in my life and Adelle was with me through quite a bit of it. I’m not sure I have the words to express how much I love her; how proud I am of who she has grown into and how loving and kind she is.
I’m sure this message will mean different things to different people, but I wanted to share it. I hope we can all remember that no matter what life throws at us, we all have the ability to fly beyond it.
I also wanted to share one of my favorite pictures of my daughter. When I think of soaring above struggles, I think of the unfettered joy shining from her face as she’s laughing. This is truly what life is all about!